SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Somnath Batabyal

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Somnath Batabyal
Centre for Global Media and Communications

Lecturer in Media in Development and International Journalisms

Dr Somnath Batabyal
Email address:
020 7898 4415
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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South Asia with a focus on India; transnational news spheres with a special focus on India; Development discourses in India and its articulation in mainstream and alternate news forums; environmental politics.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Mohamed Taha, Political Communication of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Analysis of practices before and during Morsi‚Äôs presidency (2012 - 2013)


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Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Batabyal, Somnath (2012) Making News In India: Star News and Star Ananda. New Delhi; London: Routledge.


Batabyal, Somnath (2015) 'Illusions of Empowerment: Television News and Assamese Identity'. Television & New Media., (16) 4, pp 361-369.

Batabyal, Somnath (2012) 'The story of Nandigram'. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, (26) 2, pp 261-273.

Batabyal, Somnath (2010) 'Constructing an audience: news television practices in India'. Contemporary South Asia, (18) 4, pp 387-399.

Batabyal, Somnath (2007) 'Dilemmas of ethnographic research: The practitioner/academic quandary'. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN.

Edited Books or Journals

Batabyal, Somnath, (ed.), (2014) Environment, Politics and Activism: The Role of Media. India, London, New York: Routledge.

Batabyal, Somnath and Chowdhry, Angad and Gaur, Meenu and Pohjonen, Matti, (eds.), (2011) Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change. New Delhi; London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Batabyal, Somnath (2014) 'New Politics, Old Paradigms: Urban Environmentalism and the Reshaping of New Delhi'. In: Schuler, Barbara, (ed.), Environment and Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia. Leiden/Boston: Brill, pp 185-209.

Batabyal, Somnath (2011) 'Editorial, Where are Thou?'. In: Batabyal, Somnath and Chowdhry, Angad and Gaur, Meenu and Pohjonen, Matti, (eds.), Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change. New Delhi, London: Routledge.

Batabyal, Somnath (2010) 'New Delhi's Times: Creating a Myth for a City'. In: Chaturvedi, Bharati, (ed.), Finding Delhi: Loss and Renewal in a Megacity. New Delhi: Penguin.

Batabyal, Somnath (2008) 'Journalism, news content and Objectivity: A re-appraisal'. Creative Writing, A Beginner’s Manual. New Delhi: Pearsons, pp 200-203.

Batabyal, Somnath (2005) 'For God’s Sake, Be Objective'. Sarai Reader 5, Bare Acts. New Delhi: Sarai, pp 472-480.


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